Toyota To Invest Up To $5.3 Billion In Battery Production {Toyota To Invest Up To $5.3 Billion In Battery Production} – English

Toyota To Invest Up To $5.3 Billion In Battery Production {Toyota To Invest Up To $5.3 Billion In Battery Production} – English

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Toyota will spend up to ¥730bn ($5.3bn) in the US and Japan to accelerate its production of batteries, the latest in a series of investments by Asian carmakers in electric vehicles.

The announcement on Wednesday by the world’s largest carmaker came just two days after rival Honda and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution said they would spend $4.4bn to build a battery plant in the US.

While many carmakers have signed deals with battery manufacturers, Toyota has focused its efforts on producing batteries internally, believing this can provide a critical competitive advantage in the electric vehicle era.

Read the full story on the Financial Times here.

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Adani Becomes World’s Third Richest Trailing Only Musk, Bezos {Adani Becomes World’s Third Richest Trailing Only Musk, Bezos} – English

Adani Becomes World’s Third Richest Trailing Only Musk, Bezos {Adani Becomes World’s Third Richest Trailing Only Musk, Bezos} – English

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Few outside of India had heard of Gautam Adani just a few years ago. Now the Indian businessman, a college dropout who first tried his luck as a diamond trader before turning to coal, has become the world’s third-richest person.

It’s the first time an Asian person has broken into the top three of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index — fellow citizen Mukesh Ambani and China’s Jack Ma never made it that far. With a $137.4 billion fortune, Adani has overtaken France’s Bernard Arnault and now trails just Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos of the US in the ranking.

Adani, 60, has spent the past few years expanding his coal-to-ports conglomerate, venturing into everything from data centers to cement, media and alumina. The group now owns India’s largest private-sector port and airport operator, city-gas distributor and coal miner.

Read the full story on Bloomberg here.

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BYD Chief Loses $2 Billion After Berkshire Hathaway Cuts Stake {BYD Chief Loses $2 Billion After Berkshire Hathaway Cuts Stake} – English

BYD Chief Loses $2 Billion After Berkshire Hathaway Cuts Stake {BYD Chief Loses $2 Billion After Berkshire Hathaway Cuts Stake} – English

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Wang Chuanfu, the cofounder and chief executive of BYD, saw his wealth tumble by $1.9 billion after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway trimmed its stake in the Chinese electric car maker for the first time since investing in the Shenzhen-based company in 2008. Shares of BYD tanked amid speculation that more stock sales could be on the way.

The Hong Kong-listed BYD plunged almost 12% on Wednesday after a regulatory filing to the city’s stock exchange showed that Berkshire Hathaway has reduced its ownership to 19.92% from 20.04%.

The Omaha-based investment firm gained $47 million when it sold 1.33 million shares on August 24 at an average price of HK$277 apiece, according to the filing.

Read the full story on Forbes here.

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Tucked Inside A Historic Building, This New RH Is A Can’t Miss {Tucked Inside A Historic Building, This New RH Is A Can’t Miss} – English

Tucked Inside A Historic Building, This New RH Is A Can’t Miss {Tucked Inside A Historic Building, This New RH Is A Can’t Miss} – English

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Let your imagination soar at the new RH San Francisco, The Gallery at the Historic Bethlehem Steel Building located at Illinois and 20th Streets.

Restoring the 1917 Classical Revival-style building by architect Frederick H. Meyer to its former glory was a passion project for the brand’s CEO, Gary Friedman, a San Francisco native. Visual delights abound upon entry, from the octagonal lobby’s rose marble floors to the airy Palm Court Restaurant to the exclusive preview of RH Contemporary.

Scaling the original stair rotunda to the second level will bring you to RH Interiors, which serves an homage to design history. The third level, once a naval architects’ studio, features a 13-tier Serenella chandelier and now houses RH Modern. On the rooftop, discover intimate RH Outdoor lounge spaces while taking in the bay and city views. For those in need of some design assistance, head down to the RH Interior Design Firm & Atelier—the largest to date—on the lower level.

There’s something for everyone at this expansive new gallery.

PHOTO COURTESY RH

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3 Bold Tile Trends To Keep Your Eye On This year {3 Bold Tile Trends To Keep Your Eye On This year} – English

3 Bold Tile Trends To Keep Your Eye On This year {3 Bold Tile Trends To Keep Your Eye On This year} – English

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Decorative Materials, shares three tile trends coming on strong this year—and the manufacturers making them look better than ever.

Room with wood floor and mosaic by New Ravenna and Gracie on wall

MOSAICS

“Colorado is seeing an influx of people from all over the world, and they’re pushing the envelope when it comes to mosaics,” Schmit says. Her favorites include New Ravenna’s collaboration with wallpaper studio Gracie (shown above), for which five hand-painted designs were translated into exquisite glass mosaics, and Akdo’s Beacon line, which achieves the depth, movement and character of stained glass. Onyx France’s natural stone Chaplin mosaic may seem simpler but takes on a dramatic quality on the wall, she explains.

Bathroom with sink, mirror and Moon Cosmati pattern by Artistic Tile on wall

TILES WITH A STORY

“Knowing the story behind a tile creates a deeper connection to the material,” reflects Schmit. New Ravenna’s Femme & Function collection in dolomite, glazed basalt and marble takes pattern cues from textiles and pottery made by female artists throughout history, from ancient Japanese shibori-dyed fabrics to traditional quilts. Colorado’s own Delta Brick & Climate Company prevents sediment build-up in the Paonia Reservoir from harming the downstream ecosystem by using it to make vibrantly glazed clay tile, pavers and brick. And Artistic Tile’s polychromatic Moon Cosmati stone tiles (shown above) pay tribute to the mosaics installed across Europe during the Middle Ages by the Roman Cosmati family.

dining room with table, chairs, chandelier and Black Spritz tile by Ceramicas Aparici on wall

VINTAGE REVIVAL

“Old colors and patterns are back in style, modernized and reinvented,” Schmit adds. “Zellige tiles have been in Morocco forever, but they’re a fresh alternative to classic subway tiles.” Those square pink tiles lining grandma’s bathroom are back too. “Portland-based Pratt + Larson did a gorgeous color study with its new pink glazes ranging from light pinks to sherbets and making appearances on field tiles, textured tiles and mosaics,” she notes. But the retro tile flying off the sample rack the fastest, she says, is Spanish manufacturer Ceramicas Aparici’s Art-Deco Black Spritz tile (shown above), which captures the glamour of the Roaring ’20s.

MOSAICS PHOTO: COURTESY NEW RAVENNA; TILES WITH A STORY PHOTO: COURTESY ARTISTIC TILE; VINTAGE REVIVAL PHOTO: COURTESY CERAMICAS APARICI

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Explore This Modern Rewrite Of A San Francisco Classic {Explore This Modern Rewrite Of A San Francisco Classic} – English

Explore This Modern Rewrite Of A San Francisco Classic {Explore This Modern Rewrite Of A San Francisco Classic} – English

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Jacobs built the house for himself in 1915 and had fashioned it with such integrity that the structure was able to withstand all the earthquakes of the last century. Though the mahogany-toned millwork throughout the residence felt too dark for Kendall’s taste, the designer saw the artistry of the home’s unique form and decided to honor its history. “I wanted to let the original structure inspire the remodel,” explains the designer, and so she set out to create a thoughtful balance of old and new.

Though she stained the floors a dark walnut hue and painted the intricate woodwork white before moving in, Kendall waited three years before embarking on a larger redesign. “I lived in the house with my two boys first so I could get an understanding of how we’d use it,” she says. When she did begin the transformation, she worked with her former husband, architect Rob Wilkinson, and general contractor Kevin Brunner to maintain the dwelling’s original charm. “We made the conscious decision to minimize exterior changes and turn the focus inward,” Rob says. “Inside, we kept the detailing consistent with the original character.” For instance, when the team “lifted the door heights between rooms to create a more open flow, we painstakingly matched the new moldings to the old ones,” Kendall explains. Other details, such as the home’s original leaded windows and ornate fireplaces, remain as they were built 107 years ago.

To better meet her family’s needs, Kendall updated the footprint of the main living spaces, incorporating a dining area into the formal living room. She and Rob then removed a wall and opened the remodeled kitchen into what was formerly the dining room, creating a light and airy “family zone” where the designer and her sons eat most of their meals, entertain friends and relax. “The openness makes the space feel nearly doubled,” notes Kendall. Though the upstairs layout stayed the same, the designer transformed the bathrooms to deliver a timeless elegance, and she reimagined a top-floor room as her cozy sanctuary and home office.

While Kendall’s firm is a favorite of the tech industry elite—a client roster that often favors modern abodes—this house gave her permission to showcase her personal aesthetic, which skews more layered and romantic. “I love the tension between old things and new—the juxtaposition of a classical backdrop with modern art and contemporary furnishings,” she says. “There’s something interesting to me about the way pieces from different periods dialogue together within the same space.” In the living room, a reupholstered chair designed by Jacobs, and original to the house, sits alongside a 1970s chrome-and-Lucite chair, while a vintage Sputnik-style chandelier hangs near circa 1900 crystal sconces. In the grand entryway, an antique rug grounds the space while a 19th-century entry table from France presides beneath a vintage 1930s mirror that once adorned a Las Vegas casino.

Though the palette on the ground floor tends toward quiet blues and grays, borrowed from the surrounding landscape of ocean and fog, the designer allowed more color upstairs in the private spaces. “My bedroom is a serene lavender, and the guest bedroom features beautiful shades of green inspired by the Arboretum wallpaper I designed,” she says. “In my sanctuary space on the top floor, I went with a deep blue to create a cozy spot to sit by the fire and watch a movie at the end of the day.”

In the end, Kendall fashioned a dwelling that honors its history while reflecting an aesthetic she has cultivated over a lifetime of traveling, collecting and practicing design. “Sometimes, I walk around the house and try to find something I would change,” she says. “But I haven’t come up with anything yet—except maybe a bigger closet.”

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Inside A Classic Palm Beach Home That Masters Casual Elegance {Inside A Classic Palm Beach Home That Masters Casual Elegance} – English

Inside A Classic Palm Beach Home That Masters Casual Elegance {Inside A Classic Palm Beach Home That Masters Casual Elegance} – English

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“When you’re doing a project, the house tells you what to do,” Rollins says. In this case, the townhome’s classic lines, well-proportioned rooms and easy flow called for “barefoot elegance,” she adds. “There’s a formality to it, but it’s a relaxed formality.” Tom offered a particularly descriptive take: “I suggested the style be somewhere between Peter O’Toole and Ernest Hemingway—a British Colonial feel,” he says. So, Rollins conceptualized a design that blends color with subtle patterns for a calm and sophisticated style.

The couple first got to work honing the highly polished marble floors, replacing pocket doors with a more classic design and relocating the pillars that dominated the dining room to just outside the main entrance for a grander welcome. The modest kitchen was upgraded with a pantry and hidden storage to maximize every inch. “Some people come with baggage; I come with china, silver, crystal and linen,” Rollins quips. Overflow mementos are displayed in the dining room’s massive antique breakfront, a sentimental item from her previous Atlanta home. “I need to have a little bit of my past with me—a few pieces I know,” the interior designer says. “It’s a sense of comfort.”

More work occurred in the television room, an angled space outfitted with built-ins. “We cut the millwork and moved it back, changing the whole look of the room to be half-octagonal,” Tom explains. They installed a cozy banquette, repurposed their former dining table into a coffee table and painted the room a moody shade of navy. “I always say: Paint the smallest room in your house the darkest color you can stand,” Rollins shares. “It visually expands the space.”

Throughout the home, gracious windows welcome radiant outdoor hues and natural light. To counter the vibrancy, Rollins embraced calm interior tones of chocolate brown, white and pale blue, with touches of black, beige and coral. “That restful palette gave me the chance to let pieces with a lot of heft pop,” she says. Inspired by the enormous mahogany front doors, for instance, the interior designer selected furnishings of the same wood, including the living area’s modern coffee table and antique English consoles. Her Queen Anne-style mirrors and lacquered Ming-style tables, meanwhile, play with the contemporary- leaning seating Tom selected. “This was the perfect way to take antique pieces and make them fit with a more modern feel,” Rollins says. The deep white skirted sofa and upholstered slipper chairs mirror guests at a dinner party—“You need a mix of skirt and legs,” she muses—while the chairs’ block print and a sisal rug nod to a Bahamian feel.

The duo settled on subdued off-white walls for the main bedroom upstairs, home to a grass- cloth bed with a nailhead detail and vintage night tables. “She’s gotten me to move off of the monotones to a more colorful palette, and I think I’ve gotten her to somewhere a little more centered,” Tom says, making the interior designer laugh. “It’s a good balance.”

Outside, Rollins added a new portico to the front exterior, installed a fountain across from the front door and planted new greenery, including blooming white tropical flowers, star jasmine vines and green island ficus hedges. “When you live in Florida, your exterior is as important as your interior,” she says. The rear courtyard offers even more space to entertain, including oversize settees the interior designer arranged around the pool and a breezy cabana for alfresco dining.

Simultaneously traditional and easygoing, the townhome is an amalgamation of the couple. It’s become a sentimental spot as well: In the courtyard during their New Year’s Eve party, Tom surprised Rollins with a marriage proposal. “I think the test of a house is that the more you’re in it, the more you like it—and we both feel that,” she says. “It’s home for us now.”

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